Archive for 'November,2012'

When did cyclists become above the law?

When did cyclists become above the law?

By David W. Almasi, Alexandria To the editor: By weaving a class-warfare narrative to justify cyclists’ ignorance or ambivalence toward traffic laws, Cindy Dahlke promotes behavior that only imperils cyclist safety (“Motorists: respect the rights of cyclists,” [...]

Alexandria is not, and should not be, Crystal City

Alexandria is not, and should not be, Crystal City

By Ted Pulliam, Alexandria The question that should be asked of every candidate for city council or mayor: What will you do to keep Alexandria from becoming Crystal City? The essence of Crystal City is tall buildings [...]

King Street lights brighten up Alexandria

King Street lights brighten up Alexandria

By David M. Martin, Alexandria To the editor: I want to thank whoever got the Christmas tree lights up on King Street and got most of them lit. Recently, I noticed they were lit from my store, [...]

More action, not rhetoric, will save city’s affordable housing

More action, not rhetoric, will save city’s affordable housing

By Jim Mercury, Alexandria To the editor: The Alexandria Times published a story on the pending sale of Hunting Towers on October 11 (“Deal in the works for Hunting Towers”) in which Deputy City Manager Mark Jinks [...]

Potomac Yard Metro project not worth the cost to residents

Potomac Yard Metro project not worth the cost to residents

By Robert Pringle, Alexandria To the editor: Regarding Vice Mayor Kerry Donley’s letter October 25 (“Vice Mayor: setting record straight on Potomac Yard Metro station”), I’m afraid the record remains a bit crooked. Mr. Donley doesn’t make [...]

Editorial: November elections boost turnout, partisanship

Editorial: November elections boost turnout, partisanship

After a noisy year of electioneering in Alexandria, the ballots have been cast and counted: The move to November elections for city council and mayor led to a huge increase in voter participation and a return [...]

‘Tis the season to stay stress free

‘Tis the season to stay stress free

By Dr. Marie Steinmetz How do you approach the holidays? Is it with dread? How about excitement? Are you exhausted by New Year’s Eve? Thankfully, there are a few steps you can take to enjoy a [...]

Bishop Ireton rower sees big success after tentative start on the water

Bishop Ireton rower sees big success after tentative start on the water

By Melissa Quinn For Catherine Babiec, rowing is a family affair. Her father, Daniel, was on the crew team at Boston University well before she was born. And her brother, Thaddeus, is a junior at the [...]

City Hall eases sign, display regulations on Alexandria shops

City Hall eases sign, display regulations on Alexandria shops

By Derrick Perkins City Hall eased restrictions on business signs in the historic districts last month, but officials warned shop owners they would begin enforcing regulations again after the holidays. The changes, approved by both boards [...]

Waterfront lawsuit heads to state Supreme Court

Waterfront lawsuit heads to state Supreme Court

By Derrick Perkins A group of residents steadfastly opposed to the waterfront redevelopment plan earned another chance to make their case last month, this time before the state Supreme Court. Old Town residents April Burke, Beth [...]